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If women are going to drink alcoholic beverages, wine is the best for keeping their heart healthy. The current study, reported recently in Heart, focused on women because a majority of the research on alcohol's health benefits looked at men. The study included 102 women, under age 75, who had survived a heart attack or heart surgery for blocked arteries.
During the study, the participants were required to log their alcohol intake for 1 week. The researchers conducted heart studies to determine heart rate variability (HRV). The results of the study showed that HRV was highest in women who drank 5 g or more of alcohol daily and lowest in women who drank no alcohol. HRV was also higher among women who drank wine, even after factoring in age, weight, and smoking habits.